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What Are the Disadvantages of Satellite Television?

Aug 18, 2007
Satellite television has a lot of advantages over cable television. It's all digital and you often get more digital channels for the price. But it's not perfect and it won't be the right choice for everyone. Sometimes cable television will be the right choice.

The big problem everyone thinks about with satellite television relates to the weather. When the weather is particularly bad you can lose all reception, missing your favorite shows. In some areas this is a regular problem, while others will only rarely suffer.

You may have to pay extra to get your local channels. This can be a major annoyance, as almost everyone wants to receive their local television channels. It has become more common for local channels to be included in the cost, but you should confirm this when you are considering satellite television. Sometimes you aren't able to get local channels through a satellite company.

You may need more equipment with satellite television. Many plans come with free equipment for at least one television. However you may have to buy more equipment if you want reception for more than one television.

Satellite television also generally comes with a one year contract. This isn't too bad if you know you won't be moving, but if you aren't certain it can be financially painful. If you keep using satellite service when you move you should just be able to move your contract, but you may be stuck with fees for reinstalling your equipment.

Another disadvantage is that the price of satellite television goes up with the number of televisions you want connected. This won't be a factor for every customer, but if like many families every person in your family has a television in their own room, the costs can add up quickly.

While most people can get satellite television, not everyone can. If you don't have a place where the satellite dish has unobstructed southern exposure, you are not going to get good reception. This is an absolute for satellite television in the United States. It's due to how the satellites orbit the Earth; a physical limitation that cannot be changed.

Despite these disadvantages, satellite is a great choice for many people. The range of channels you can receive is wonderful, picture quality is generally excellent, and the prices can be far better than what you would pay for a similar package with digital cable. It is very much worth considering.
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http://www.comparesatellite.info/ is run by Stephanie Foster as a place to learn about satellite TV. Visit the site to compare satellite TV with cable television.
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